On Saturday, October 26th members of the Street Intell street team attended Santasha’s 2nd Annual Natural Hair and Body Expo at the Dumfries Youth Center in Dumfries, Virginia.
Partnered with the Military Natural Hair group Santasha put together a fun filled and educational affair featuring live hair care demonstrations by author and Natural Hair guru Karen Wilson.
The military Natural Hair group is a group dedicated to supporting U.S. Armed Forces past and present who care about, have or are transitioning to wearing natural hair. They offer a place to share stories, encouragement, experiences, hair styles, regimens, products, and more. Their goal is to support natural hair journeys and still serve their country honorably.
Upon arrival to the venue guest’s were greeted by Santasha’s team. Each guest received a swag bag full of goodies. If they participated in the Satasha Quarles program and brought in slightly used or new hair care products [for military personnel overseas] each person received a free Street Intell ‘Good Hair’ tote. During the event guest were serenaded by a live band that provided a nice musical backdrop to the event. Some guest partook in skin care regimens and live demonstrations by Constance Glow.
There were an array of vendors at the event including our dear friends Todd and Vicki from Todd Parson’s earrings. It was great seeing them once more and we’re happy and excited to hear about their newly formed union.
We also interviewed a few vendors onsite to find out a bit about their experiences as business owners.
A lot of the vendors were independent distributors of many specialty products. For instances, we spoke to a representative from Seacrets,
a brand that specializes in natural body scrubs, sea salt mineral peels, and skin care cleansers. We met and spoke with actor and Martial arts instructor Cliff Cunningham who explained the concept behind the self defense commercial and brand Deadly dymes. Deadly dymes produces a series of videos showcasing fight choreography that demonstrates proper safety tactics for women in self defense. Most of the tactics displayed were based on Judo, Tai Chi, Mui Tai (Kick boxing) and other martial arts. Along with promotion of Safety tips Cliff was selling safety kits equipped with pepper spray and 15 million voltage stunt gun.
The 2nd annual Hair and Body expo was a great event and it was nice that Santasha decided to bring that kind of event to the Woodbridge, Manassas and Dumfries naturals. Often times many of them have to venture into DC which sometimes isn’t that convenient. Looking forward to next years event and we want to thank Santasha Quarles and the military naturals group for allowing us to take part in the event.
In this weeks Street Intell, on October 23rd youTube sensation and noted autism advocate, Taren Guy will be in town from 6-10pm at Lotus Lounge bringing us the Luv & Learn Your Hair event. Apart of a multi-city tour with stops in Chi-town, LA, New Orleans and Houston. Taren has decided to make her next stop in the district.
For those of you that aren’t familiar, Taren is just one of the many power house YouTube vloggers that have been leading the way in the natural hair community for sometime. Her love of hair care and appreciation for natural beauty has captivated an aundiance of over one hundred thousand subscribers. However, we like to think that it is her sweet yet straight forward personality that has propelled her to where she is now.
Since 2009, Taren has been sharing her hair journey and informing women through product reviews, styling tips and personal inspiration. She provides valuable knowledge to her audience that allows everyone to see [through her experience] that it is possible to love and learn your hair; even when it’s “Frizzy”.
Taren is based out of New York city where she resides with her 3 beautiful children. Not only is she a mom and Natural hair enthusiast she is a supreme advocate for Autism.
Recently, Taren founded a non-profit called Faces of Autism dedicated to her two sons Ari and Amari who both have conditions on the autism spectrum. Through her work, she is able to inspire people to take a second look and see the world through the eyes of individuals with Autism. She plans to expand the brand to feature art exhibited by persons with Autism. To find out more about FOA click here
We’re excited to see the newly blonde bombshell and can’t wait to partake in all the exciting things she’s bringing the DMV natural hair community.
Hope to see you all there. If not, no worries you know we’ve got the Street Intell.
Visit http://luvandlearnyourhair.com/ to purchase tickets for the event.
Connect with Taren on YouTube and get a glimpse into her world:
Here at Street Intell we appreciate all aspects of the arts including film. Therefore the street team ventured out to Arlington, Virginia to view and capture interviews with award winning independent writer/director/producer/actor Carlos Etzio Roman of Roman Picture Studios. Find out more about the film and Carlos below:
We truly enjoyed the film and were able to interview a few of the main actors and actresses in the film including one of the lead villains and TC Williams graduate, Carla Renee.
Visit Street Intell TV to watch more interviews and get more of the Street Intell.